We’ve all used Aloe Vera at some point. It is a plant that is worldwide known for its amazing healing properties. It can be the perfect remedy, and has been used for centuries. Egyptians even started calling it the plant of immortality. Aloe Vera is rich in over 200 biologically active and naturally occurring compounds. These compounds, like vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharides and minerals, will help you stimulate the nutrient absorption.
In the following text you can learn more about the Aloe Vera compounds:
Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid and choline can be found in Aloe Vera. This plant also contains vitamin B12, and this is a vitamin that vegans can’t consume in high quantities due to their diet. A lot of minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, potassium, sodium and copper that are part of the Aloe Vera, when combined can boost metabolic pathways.
Aloe Vera contains important enzymes such as amylase and lipase. They help digestion by breaking down fat and sugar molecules.
The most important acid in Aloe Vera is salicylic acid that helps fight inflammation. However, this is not the only beneficial acid that Aloe Vera has. It is rich in over 20 essential amino acids that are required by the human body in order to function properly.
Benefits of Aloe Vera
- It will encourage the production of white blood cells
- Treats acne and eczema
- Can reduce rashes, boils, and other skin irregularities
- Diminishes the risk for arthritis inflammation
- It will hydrate the skin
- Prevents digestive disorders such as bloating, constipation, IBS and colitis, and soothes the stomach
- Can regulate the blood sugar
- Helps burns heal
- Fills in wrinkles
- It will strengthen the urinary tract performance
- Heals wounds
- Boost the immunity
- Improves the heart’s work and the blood’s quality
- Keeps the gums healthy
- Helps with reducing heartburn and indigestion
You should know that you can use Aloe Vera as a remedy topically or you can consume it. If your option is to consume it, they you will need to mix Aloe in your juice or smoothies.
How to prepare and use Aloe Gel
- A clean cutting board
- A sharp filleting knife
- An aloe plant
- A clean plate
- A clean cotton towel
- A sterile glass jar
- Fresh lemon juice
- A food processor (optional)
As any process of preparing something starts, you need to wash your hands. By washing your hands and cleaning your work surface you will eliminate all unwanted bacteria.
After you’ve finished the first thing, then you need to choose leaves that are mature, thick, fleshy and a deep green in color. Every leave needs to be at least 4-6 inches long, and if you are looking for the perfect leaves then search at the bottom of the plant. On the bottom of Aloe Vera leaves are the oldest and largest that contain a thick, nutrient-rich gel layer.
Then you need to use a sharp knife to create a clean cut, in order not to harm the plant. Cut close to the base of the leaf and slice away from the center of the plant.
When you’ve finished cutting the leaves, rinse the outer skin of the leaves and knife. Then put the leaves in a bowl at a 45 degree angle for 15 minutes. This is the process where the dark yellow, bitter Aloe juice or latex drains from the leaves. It is found in the cells that are located just under the surface of the leaf. This latex is the most important part of the Aloe Vera plant. It has the ability to lower the potassium levels, and can irritate the intestines.
When the 15 minutes have passed, place the concave side down on a cutting board. Next, slice around the perimeter. This will leave you with the top and bottom layer of skin, exposing the Aloe gel in between. Run the knife just under the top layer and peel it away. You can do the same on the opposite side.
After you’ve removed the gel from each leaf, put it in a jar. You can use a little lemon juice and shake the jar to mix the ingredients.
You’ve reached the easiest part of the process. Put the gel mixture into a food processor and make a smooth gel. Remember to keep the mixed gel in a sealed jar in the fridge, and you can use it up to a week.
If you decide to use it topically,then clean and cut the leaf lengthwise and rub the gel on the wound few times a day, until it is completely healed.
On the other hand, for medicinal use, take 30 ml of the gel, 3 times a day.